Germany’s parliament elected Chancellor Angela Merkel to a third term as the leader of Europe’s biggest economic power on Tuesday – nearly three months after an awkward election result forced her to put together a new governing coalition.
Merkel now heads a “grand coalition” of Germany’s biggest parties – her conservative Union bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats, which are traditional rivals.
Parliament’s lower house elected her as chancellor by 462 votes to 150, with nine abstentions.
After the results were announced on Tuesday, Members of Parliament flocked around Merkel to give her flowers.
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